Peter Reisz and his mother, Olga Reisz

Peter  Reisz and his mother, Olga Reisz
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  • Photo taken in:
    Budapest
    Year when photo was taken:
    1954
    Country name at time of photo:
    Hungary
    Country name today:
    Hungary
This is me and my mother. The photo was taken in 1954 in Budapest. We are walking along the Danube in Obuda. I?m walking here proudly in my new Krombi winter coat. I took this picture, using a tripod and self-exposure. My mother, Olga Breiner, was born in 1907 in Obuda. Until the war, she didn't work outside the home. As she tells it, there was intensive cultural life in Obuda. A group of young Jews would go there for balls, to socialize and get to know each other. My uncle, my mother, and my aunt all went. My mom and dad read Thomas Mann, Zsigmond Moricz, Jokai, and the European classics. When I was at school, my mom had more time to read. My father, when he was at home with Mom in the morning, had time to read too. After the war there was a Joint Kitchen in Zichy Street where the Jewish school was located. My mother started working there, and when that was closed, she went to work for the Wholesale Fabric Corporation where she became an administrator. My mother, my aunt, my grandmother, my parents and I all ended up in a yellow-star house. My mother, together with my aunt, was driven out of the yellow-star house to the brick works in Obuda. From there they walked to the Austrian-Hungarian border. At the border, a Christian priest told them that anyone waiting for a Schutzpass should stand aside. They stood to one side, and were brought back to Budapest by train, ending up in a yellow-star house, from where they were liberated.

Interview details

Interviewee: Peter Reisz
Interviewer:
Dora Sardi, Eszter Andor
Month of interview:
March
Year of interview:
2001
Budapest, Hungary

KEY PERSON

Peter Reisz
Year of birth:
1935
City of birth:
Budapest
Country name at time of birth:
Hungary
Occupation
after WW II:
Manager

Other Person

Olga Reisz
Year of birth:
1907
City of birth:
Budapest
Country name at time of birth:
Hungary
Year of death:
1972
City of death:
Budapest
Country of death:
Hungary
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
after WW II:
Office clerk

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